From Blessing Ibunge, Port Harcourt
As the world celebrate International Peace Day, a Civil Society Organisation, Relief International Africa in conjunction with other organisations; Social Action, Youth and Environmental Advocacy Centre, Civil Rights Council, Red Cross, Peace Corps of Nigeria, National Youth Service Corps and some Media outfits on Saturday, embarked on peaceful road walk in Port Harcourt, Rivers State calling on the government at all levels to focus on environmental issues bothering on the country.
Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21, with the day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
However, Director of Relief International Africa, Green Isaac, who led the peaceful walk in Port Harcourt with the theme “Climate Action for Peace”, noted the need for a collaboration efforts by the government and everyone in the society in tackling existing environmental challenges.
Isaac explained that the 2019 celebration is remarkable with the theme “climate Action for Peace”, urging everyone in the society to promote an atmosphere of peace.
The leader of Relief International Africa further said ‘our advocacy should be centered on peace, what we are doing today is giving our voices in building a peaceful society’.
He added that the group after considering alot of activities, commenced on the Road walk, advocating for peace across the globe.
Speaking also during the exercise, an Environmental Justice Activist and Public affairs commentator , Fyneface Dumnamene Fyneface stressed that “The peace walk is very important to mark the International Peace Day because we are using it to call attention of the Government, Policy makers and of course world leaders to do everything they can to give attention to climate issues that is devastating our environment and making people not to live in peace’.
He further noted that people are not living in peace across the world because of environmental issues, calling for an urgent action to end the fued.
The environmenttalist disclosed tthat his passion for a clean and peaceful environment had made him the United Nations, calling the attention of the world to the environmental challenges facing the society, especially in Rivers State.
The Road walk which started from Rumuola junction along Aba road terminated at Isaac Boro Paark, with presence of Security operatives from Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Nigeria Police as well as Federal Road Safety Corps.